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'I just want to give her a big hug': How New Zealand's tsunami scare unfolded

Ashleigh Wyse is among Kiwis hugging their loved ones tighter today after thousands evacuated homes across the country amid fears waves would hit coastal towns and cities.Three offshore quakes — including a massive 8.1 rupture near...


Covid-19 coronavirus: 'Bugger it' - Auckland to level 2, rest of NZ level 1, after a lockdown, earthquakes and tsunami threats

VIRUS LATEST* Audrey Young: Why the Valentines cluster was the least-loved lockdown of all * Steven Joyce: It's time we climbed out of the Covid bunker * What you can and can't do in levels 2 and 1 * How the emergency phone...


Herald morning quiz: March 6

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on at 3pm for the afternoon quiz. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.


Police searching for missing 12-year-old Gisborne boy Caleb Takoko

Police are appealing for any sightings of a 12-year-old Gisborne boy who has been missing from his home since earlier today.Caleb Takoko, 12, left his home on Aberdeen Street about 5pm this evening.He has not been seen since,...


Watch: Police arrest man after standoff closes Mt Albert, Auckland, street

Sophie Lawson's flatmate walked straight out of a shower to announce she'd just seen dozens of armed police officers swarming their neighbours' house. There were at least a dozen squad cars flashing on their kerb but they hadn't...


Tsunami warning: Problems with sirens to be investigated - Far North Mayor

Four Far North tsunami sirens that experienced problems during today's tsunami evacuation alerting would be investigated, Far North Mayor John Carter said.The former Minister of Civil Defence said investigation into the issues with...


Tsunami emergency texts: Who makes the call on alerting and why are some phones shrieking at their owners in US accents?

It comes down to one person pushing a button - before a lot of people get a big surprise.The decision to issue mobile alerts after events such as Fridday's earthquakes is reserved for trained operators in a few agencies. And if...


'We are not coping': Ministry of Education ordered schools to enrol 205 children in 2020

By John Gerritsen of RNZ The Ministry of Education last year ordered schools to enrol 205 children because there was no other way of persuading principals to accept them.It said the students had been excluded from other schools...


The Conversation: Following three major quakes off NZ, questions remain about how they might be linked

ANALYSIS: A sequence of three major offshore earthquakes, including a magnitude 8.1 quake near the Kermadec Islands , triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations along the east coast of New Zealand this morning. By early afternoon,...


Hastings man's 'silent' death spurs sister to speak out on mental health

"Reido" was due to turn 22 late this month.The local mechanic and infamously cheeky "life of the party" would have no doubt celebrated with whānau and friends with a Double Brown and a few Pink Floyd numbers his dad introduced...


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Tsunami waves hit Norfolk Island after earthquakes rock New Zealand

Residents on Norfolk Island have been told to prepare for wild coastal conditions after the trio of powerful earthquakes rocked New Zealand.A two-foot tsunami wave struck the remote Australian island after locals were urged to seek...


US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts

The world's hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the United States. The two countries both say they are intent on retooling their economies to burn less...


Donald Trump lashes out at Wall Street Journal article for criticising him

Former US president Donald Trump has lashed out at The Wall Street Journal over an editorial it published detailing the Republican Party's litany of electoral defeats under his leadership."If he was so great politically for the...


US riots: 'Not fair' - US Capitol riot suspect has tantrum in court

US Capitol riot suspect Richard "Bigo" Barnett, famously known as the man who comfortably lounged in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, has appeared in federal court where he seemed anything but comfortable. Barnett, who lives...


'Total disgrace': EU blasted for allowing Italy to block AstraZeneca shipment to Australia

The European Union has been blasted as a "total disgrace" for allowing Italy to block a quarter of a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from reaching Australia — and some Brits are even offering to forego their jab...


Lara Trump eyes run at North Carolina Senate seat

A Trump may be on the ballot next year — but not Donald Trump.The former president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is eyeing the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Republican Richard Burr. While many in the state are sceptical...


Covid 19 coronavirus: Italy blocks export of AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia

Italy became the first country to impose an EU export ban on coronavirus vaccines on Thursday after blocking a shipment of 250,000 AstraZeneca jabs to Australia.Brussels introduced the export transparency regime during its row over...


China using Twitter to attack BBC in state propaganda campaign, says report

China is using social media platforms such as Twitter to attack the BBC in a state-backed disinformation campaign to undermine critical reporting by Western media on human rights abuses, finds a new report by the Australian Strategic...


New photos: North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons

North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, recent satellite photos indicated, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal.The 38 North website,...


7-year-old American girl helps to fund her own brain surgery

Liza Scott, 7, started a lemonade stand at her mom's bakery last summer so she could buy some frills like toys and sequined high-heeled shoes. The bouncy little girl is still in business months later, yet the money is going toward...


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Netball: Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua calling on players to step up for third Constellation Cup match

Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua is calling on her players to handle the pressure in the third Constellation Cup match in Christchurch this afternoon.The Ferns' 45-36 defeat in game two was highlighted by a fast-paced Australian...


Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa: Highlanders stun Chiefs with incredible comeback

Highlanders 39Chiefs 23 The Chiefs and their supporters may be wondering when their horror run in Super Rugby Aotearoa will ever end after they blew a healthy lead against the Highlanders at Waikato Stadium on Friday night to slump...


Cricket: Black Caps thrashed by Australia in fourth Twenty20

On the plus side, this transtasman series will come down to a decider in front of a full house in Wellington. On the minus side? Nearly everything about the embarrassing Black Caps' run chase which saw them rolled for 106 to lose...


Cricket: Black Caps bowler Tim Southee reprimanded over clash with umpire

Black Caps pace bowler Tim Southee has been handed a rare reprimand by cricket officials after a run-in with an umpire during the side's T20 loss to Australia on Wednesday .Southee, opening the bowling for the side in the first...


Sports Quiz: March 6

Test your sporting knowledge with the Herald Sports Quiz brought to you by Spark Sport. Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Tom Lathams, your White Ferns from your White Sox? Here's your chance to prove your supreme sporting...


America's Cup 2021: Schedule confirmed for Cup match between Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa

The America's Cup match will begin on Wednesday, with Auckland set to move out of Covid-19 alert level 3.The match was scheduled to start this weekend, however with Auckland moved into level 3 last Sunday, the decision was made...


Boxing: Exclusive - Joseph Parker splits with trainer Kevin Barry

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has split with long-time trainer Kevin Barry by mutual consent.The Herald understands both men agreed to the decision yesterday after Parker's unanimous points victory over Junior Fa at Auckland's...


Covid-19: How cricket, netball, Super Rugby and America's Cup are impacted by latest alert level changes in New Zealand

New Zealand sporting teams have received good news, with several major clashes set to have crowds in attendance this weekend after changes to the Covid-19 alert levels.In a press conference this afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda...


America's Cup 2021: All you need to know about today's sailing news

The America's Cup match will begin on Wednesday , with Auckland set to move out of Covid-19 alert level 3 at 6am on Sunday. There are two races scheduled for Wednesday, Friday and through the weekend to Monday at least, with Sunday...


Cricket: White Ferns suffer yet another defeat, lose Twenty20 series to England with one match to spare

Another White Ferns series, another defeat.The New Zealand women's cricket team have again been beaten handily, going down to England in their Twenty20 series. Like the one-day series that preceded the 20-over matches, New Zealand...


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Young mum determined fiance's memory will live on

Little Harley-Jean Bell often says “Dad” or “dadda” as she discovers her voice. But her dad isn’t there to return her infectious smile and cheeky expressions.


Police search for missing Gisborne boy Caleb Takoko

The 12-year-old boy left his home in Gisborne at 5pm on Friday and has not been seen since.


Man struggling to buy a home was advised to find a partner to get on the ladder

Hayden Taylor had the money to buy a house when Covid hit, three weeks after lockdown lifted he was priced out of the market again.


Transmission Gully paving nears halfway point

Paving work on the long-awaited Transmission Gully highway is nearing the halfway mark, as crews push towards a September opening date.


The day the tsunamis hit New Zealand's shores

It was Graeme and Pauline Summerby's dog, Monty, that felt it first. They, along with tens of thousands of others, were rattled from their sleep at 2.30am in what would be the first scare of many during the day.


Free ride service for drink-drivers to be checked for compliance

A free ride service established by Taranaki man Chris Welson for people who have been drinking will be checked by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for compliance.


Longtime Canterbury DHB member fighting rare cancer after fight for diagnosis

Five doctors, a dietician and a gastroenterologist all missed Andy Dickerson's neuroendocrine cancer.


Covid-19: What does a move to alert level 2 mean for Auckland?

After a week in lockdown, Aucklanders will enjoy more freedoms from 6am on Sunday. What does life look like at level 2?


Govt, universities should cover MIQ fees for returning international students, union says

International students should be exempt from managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) charges as they are already treated as “cash cows”, a union says.


Residents and business owners get medieval over trial of Hutt cycleway

A medieval martial arts school instructor says the trial Lower Hutt cycleway has cut off his access to customers “at the knees”.


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Protesters defy Myanmar security forces as UN action urged

Amid growing violence by Myanmar security forces, the UN special envoy for the country is calling for urgent action, saying about 50 peaceful protesters were killed this week.


Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on first-ever papal visit

Pope Francis urges Iraqis to treat their Christian brothers as a precious resource to protect, not an “obstacle” to eliminate, during his historic trip to the country.


New York officials removed fuller tally of nursing home Covid-19 deaths

Health department in New York, US confirms reports that members of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Covid-19 task force altered a report to omit the full number of nursing home patients killed by the virus.


Prince Philip transferred back to private hospital

Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has been transferred back to the private Prince Edward VII’s hospital to continue his recovery after a heart procedure.


Judge orders Mississippi to pay US$500K to black man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years

Curtis Flowers spent nearly 23 years behind bars in a US prison for a crime he did not commit. He is receiving US$500,000 in compensation - the maximum payout allowed.


Driver can't avoid ticket for swerving to avoid couch

A couple driving through the US state of Florida rolled their car avoiding a couch that fell off a truck, but there was no avoiding the ticket the police gave them not staying in their lane.


Hyundai announces first hydrogen fleet in Australia

Twenty Hyundai Nexo hydrogen SUVs will form part of the Australian Capital Territory’s government fleet, the first of its kind in Australia.


Police divers search ocean off Sydney coast for missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick

Ocean conditions have permitted police to search the water off Sydney's Dover Heights in a bid to narrow down what may have happened to the Australian businesswoman.


Iceland has 17,000 quakes in a week; braces for potential volcanic eruption

There are fears it could disrupt some air travel, though authorities say there was no indication the event would pose a threat to human life or property.


One of the world's most tourism-dependent countries is pushing to end quarantines as shots rolled out

Thailand is eyeing plans for vaccine passports and quarantine waivers as the global Covid-19 inoculation drive gathers pace.


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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck prepares for his own Last Dance as he departs Warriors

As he heads out the door marked exit, the Warriors fullback is looking to make changes to his game.


Super Rugby Aotearoa: The staggering stats behind Jona Nareki's heroics for Highlanders

Highlanders coach Tony Brown's praise was modest, but one of the hat-trick hero's feats in beating the Chiefs was astonishing.


Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore wants to keep squad intact despite RWC delay

Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore could understand how frustrated his players were after World Rugby recommended the RWC be postponed.


Black Caps vs Australia: All on for Sunday showdown after another one-sided contest

On a pitch that delighted the spinners and made batsmen nervous, Australia were too good again.


Black Caps vs Australia: Visitors shaken by earthquake before levelling T20 series

Captain Aaron Finch has described the unnerving sensation his team had ahead of the fourth T20 in Wellington in Friday.


Black Caps vs Australia: Tim Southee reprimanded for 'showing dissent at umpire’s decision'

Unhappy night for Black Caps compounded by key bowler earning a demerit point for 'shouting at the umpire in a disrespectful manner'.


Israel Adesanya v Jan Blachowicz: All you need to know about UFC 259

It's speed and skill against strength and power as Israel Adesanya attempts to join the most exclusive UFC club on Sunday.


Constellation Cup: Sam Winders rises from Silver Ferns' setbacks to become a stronger netballer

Unwanted by the Silver Ferns for 20 months, key midcourter has a new outlook on the game and it's working wonders for her.


Super Rugby Aotearoa: Jona Nareki inspires Highlanders to comeback win against Chiefs

The Highlanders winger's hat-trick rocked the Chiefs to hand Clayton McMillan a loss in his first match as coach.


‘Keith is no longer with us’: Parents’ agony over final moments of rising NRL star

The parents of Keith Titmuss, a 20-year-old NRL player who died after suffering a seizure at training in Australia, are still trying to piece together what happened to their son.



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